Friday, March 22, 2013

All You Need To Know About Twitter

I admit I looked: The article headline implies there are 7 things I don't know about Twitter. It turns out I know almost all of these things:

I do not, however, know how someone can write such an article - even include the tweet from 35,000 feet below the sea - while forgetting to mention that astronauts are tweeting from space. The current commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) has been tweeting stunning Earth vistas and fascinating details about living and working on the ISS. It's not just one measly tweet, either. It's a daily flow of thoughts, facts, images and jaw-dropping photos of our home planet. Commander Hadfield is not the first out-of-this-world tweeter: Ron Garan @astro_ron, Andre Kuipers @astro_andre and Sunita Williams @astro_suni also tweeted during their stays on the orbital outpost.

Tweets from the International Space Station are transforming how we perceive space, living in space and what it means to be floating above our brilliant blue sphere against the vast, black infinity of space.

There aren't 7, or even 17, things to know about Twitter. All you need to know is that astronauts on the ISS use it to talk to you. And you can use it to talk to them - Commander Hadfield will occasionally reply to tweets sent his way. Even if he doesn't reply, being able to send him a tweet and knowing he might read it while floating weightlessly in space - really, what else do you need to know?

p.s.: Happy 7th Birthday, Twitter ~ You Rock!